Edgar Wright has found his next directing gig, and it’s a good one! He’s set to develop an adaptation of Simon Stephenson’s upcoming novel Set My Heart to Five. The author of the book will also adapt the screenplay, and it tells a sci-fi story that pays tribute to the movies of the 80s and 90s.
According to Deadline, the story is said to take place in “an all-too human 2054 and introduces Jared, an android who undergoes an emotional awakening and embarks on a quest to convince humans that he and his kind should be permitted to feel. It’s a quest, sparked in part by Jared’s introduction to 80’s and 90’s movies, that leads to an unforgettable adventure across the West Coast of America, after he determines to write a film script that will change the world.”
That sounds like a film that will be a ton of fun and the kind of project that’s perfect for Wright to take on. I can’t wait to see what he does with it! I’ve always enjoyed his storytelling skills and the way he visualizes things. It’s also cool that the movie will offer a kick of nostalgia. He’s currently working on the psychological thriller Last Night in Soho which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, and Matt Smith.
The film is being produced by Working Title Films, Focus Features, and Compete Fiction Pictures. The book the film is based on is slated to be released later this year.
Here’s a more detailed description of the story:
Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.
One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel.
Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared’s new life could come to an end before it truly begins.